The best racers are able to ride around problems. “So practice the problems,” the YCRS instructors say. For average riders like me, the handicaps help reveal the extent to which riding the right way is, well, the right way. When I could only bend at my waist, I compensated by getting my head really low. The bike responded to my movement and I hit an apex or two sooner than I expected. “Hmm, my head should always be this low,” I thought to myself.